This is a course run by the Wirral Area Health authority and Healthlinks Healthlinks is no more and the course is now part of Wirral PCT. edited 03 Jul 08
If you’ve been offered this course by your GP or Practice Nurse it means you’ve met the entry criteria for it, basically BMI above 25 and one of a number of conditions that can go with it namely high blood pressure, diabetes and other complications.
In my case a routine medical at work detected that I had high blood pressure so I was packed off to the doctors with a note. I ended up having high blood pressure and was prescribed beta blockers.
I was 132Kg, a flight of stairs would have me trying to control my breathing, my knees hurt and now I had high blood pressure to boot. I was in a pretty bad shape.
I turned down the offer of the course from the practice nurse thinking that taking up cycling and modifying my diet a bit would be enough. I was wrong.
In a year I’d managed to loose about 10kg, but was stuck around 122Kg, it was back to the practice nurse for another blood test. I was offered the Lifestyle and weight management course again. This time I said yes.
If you’ve been offered the course and have turned it down it is time to think again, you’ve just turned down the opportunity to drastically change your life for the better.
It has literally transformed my life, I’ve lost another 17 Kg in fourteen weeks have probably never ever felt fitter and the knee joint problems seem to have gone.
Thank you Weight Management and Lifestyle Service .
this is a link to booklet that I am using
I’ve now completed the 12 months that the course runs. After the weekly classroom sessions have finished there are 9 monthly followup classes. I’d say it was just as important to attend the followup classes as it was to attend the weekly classes. The most dramatic gains are to be made after the classroom sessions have finished.
The weightloss diary says it all, and I’m sticking to the eating plan above. I did literally want to loose weight for good. I’ve a before picture of me and a lot of people have trouble recognising me, there is a marked difference and I’m only now coming to terms with it.
Now for the bit that saddens me. Out of the 25 that started the class I was the only one that completed the 12 months. About half had dropped out by the end of the classroom sessions. Over half that finished the 12 weeks had achieved the 5% weightloss goal that they had signed up for at the start.
Two years on the links to this course need amending at it is now part of Wirral Primary Care Trust.
December 08 Nothing much has changed I’m still following the BHF plan it works for me and has become part of my life. I’m nearing 50 and in the best shape I’ve ever been. Explored a few limits that I would not thought possible. Looking for some new goals for 2009 one of which is theTour De France.
Jan 09 Things have changed with the course but it has become more result focused. Cut back to 8 weeks with the 12th week now the first followup class. The first month on your own is a lonely time and looking at it from my point of view I’d be surprised if results improved. It’s ok for a bunch of NHS managers to want a result but your dealing with a bunch of people who are nearly beyond help. It’ll be interesting to see how many turn up for their first followup.